What the census report tells us about where we live

More than 60% of Irish people live in urban areas while 40% live near the coast

11th May, 2017
The population density in rural areas averaged 27 people per square kilometre Pic: Ireland's Content Pool

- Just under 2.99 million people, or 63 per cent of the population, live in urban areas, an increase of 4.9 per cent from the 2011 Census. There was a two per cent rise in the numbers living in rural areas to just under 1.78 million, or 37 per cent of the population

- More than two-fifths of the state's urban population, or 44 per cent, live in Dublin with a further 11 per cent living in Cork

- Forty-one towns had a population of...

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